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Some Plain Words on Communist Unity (June 1932)


"Some Plain Words on Communist Unity"
by Benjamin Gitlow
Published by Workers Age Publishing Association, New York, n.d. [June 1932]. No copyright notice in original publication, public domain.

This pamphlet by Secretary of the Communist Party (Majority Group) Benjamin Gitlow makes the case for unity between the expelled factional organization and the Communist Party, USA. The CPUSA is lambasted for a "chauvinistic policy" of failing to negotiate for unity of the communist movement in the face of acute war danger and growing international menace to the Soviet Union. Instead of seeking broad unity on the left, Gitlow declares, the CPUSA is retreating still further towards sectarianism, promoting the theory of so-called "social-fascism" and splitting the American trade union movement through continued attempts to establish "dual unions."
Gitlow reiterates the conditions for reunification established by the CP(MG) in its July 1930 appeal to the CPUSA, a three point plan calling for readmission of the expelled Lovestone faction, free discussion within party ranks for promotion of its program, and the convocation of a special convention of the CPUSA to settle questions of reunification.
The leadership of the CPUSA is blamed for keeping its membership in the dark about ongoing unity communications advanced by the CP(MG).
Gitlow also notes a shift of the CP(MG)'s orientation towards the Trotskyist movement in the form of the Communist League of America:
"In moving for Communist unity our group has reached the conclusion that every effort should be made to include also the Trotsky group in the unification of the Communist movement, provided it is ready to drop its Thermidorian charges against the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. However, the Trotsky group has seen fit to ignore every communication and invitation to conferences for the discussion of Communist unity."

This file adapted by Tim Davenport from scans made by user Dudeman5685. Pages rotated and resized.
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